"An invasion of Privacy" tells the story of two boys Tom Taylor and Mickey Binks growing up in the middle 1950's. Mickey is the Elvis fan Tom is into James Dean. Tom is not interested in school and plays the wag most days. Mickey and Tom are inseparable and live in the same street. they leave school and Mickey takes on various labouring jobs, Works down on the quay; then as a coalman before getting a job on the Grainger market in Newcastle selling fruit and vegetables. Tom loves cooking and has helped his gran make bread, tarts and scones. he gets a job as an apprentice Baker and confectioner for Archer's bakery. read about their exploits as the two boys grow into men. If you remember what it was like growing up in the fifties then this is definitely one for you to read.


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Hi Mickey what’s up?’

“What’s up?’

Alison’s gone; she left me a note saying she could not go through with the wedding. So it looks like I’m stuck on my own mate.’

“Do you think that she will come back Shirley?’

 “Knowing what I know I very much doubt it.’

“What did she say like?’

She told me that she didn’t want to be tied down with children and still wanted her freedom to come and go as she pleased.’

“I left a message with her father for her to contact me but she hasn’t rang me.’

Have you eaten anything since lunch time?’

No; I was just going to go to the “Chippy.

”Here pull up a seat and I will put you out some chicken casserole. Tom shifted the book so Mickey could sit down.

It smells lovely we have been living on burgers, egg and chips and fried spam.’

I’m a hopeless cook Shirley and Alison is even worse.’

“She never was any good at school you know and I used to give her all the answers when she was at St Anslems.’

 “I wonder what she will do now.’

“Not a lot I expect said Shirley as she piled up Mickey’s plate then gave Tom some more.’

“Well if you hear anything let us know will you.’

“I will said Mickey, who was bitterly disappointed.’




The next day there was a badly written note from Alison pushed through Shirley’s door explaining why she could not go through with the wedding and that she had been offered a job as a holiday rep in Tenerife and would be on the plane at three o’clock that afternoon.

She went on to say that she would write to her once she was settled.

 It was twenty five to two; Shirley hurried up the road to “The Barrow’ to show Mickey the note. When she got there Mickey asked Christine to look after the barrow until he returned. He jumped into a taxi and it sped off towards the airport. Shirley helped Christine sell stuff whilst Jeffery slept as he normally would around that time.


“Are you going on holiday mate; if you are you’ve forgotten your luggage.’

“No My girlfriend of nearly five years has left me; she’s buggering off to Tenerife at three o’clock. Three o’clock if she’s already checked in they won’t let you through without your passport.’ Plus let’s face it mate if she thought that much about you would she be flying off to another country?’

“We were meant to be married in two weeks and now she’s done this; I can’t believe it.’

“Nowt stranger than a woman I can tell you.’

Are you married?’

“I was, not now; been separated for two years.’

Have you got any kids?’

“Aye, one boy he’s four years old.’

Why did your relationship break down then?’

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